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Herc Picks The Best & Worst
New Series Of September!!

I am – Hercules!! The three best new series of September are launching Sunday and Monday, so I thought today would be a good day to rank 'em. The best hourlongs: 3) “LoneStar,” created by screenwriter Kyle Killen (the upcoming Mel Gibson-Jodie Foster feature “The Beaver”), follows a conman with two wives (“Friday Night Lights’” Adrianne Palicki and “Crash’s” Eloise Mumford) in two different Texas cities. Not sure if there’s a series in it, but the pilot is solid. Premieres Monday on Fox. 2) “The Event,” a cross between “24” and “Lost” from Nick Wauters, who scripted an episode of “Medium,” an episode of “The 4400,” an episode of “Eureka.” It stars Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood, Scott Patterson and Laura Innes. Again, I don’t know if there’s a series in it, but the pilot made certain there was no way I was going to miss episode two. Premieres directly opposite "LoneStar" Monday on NBC. Record "LoneStar," watch "The Event." 1) The best new series of September is easily “Boardwalk Empire,” a new gangster drama from the “Sopranos” team of writer-producer Terrence Winter and actor-director Steve Buscemi. Six episodes in, I rank it alongside “The Wire,” “Rome” and, yes, “The Sopranos” as one of the best things ever to emerge from HBO. Full of great actors playing enormously compelling characters. Premieres Sunday. The worst hourlongs: 3) “Outlaw,” a legal drama starring Jimmy Smits from writer-producer John Eisendrath (who also created “My Own Worst Enemy’) about a Supreme Court justice who quits the bench to start a private practice. Absurd yet boring. Enters its regular timeslot on NBC Friday. 2) “Detroit 187,” a faux cop documentary from writer Jason Richman (“Swing Vote”) starring Michael Imperioli (“Life On Mars”), is the waft of failure that comes off a mountain of clichés. Hits ABC on Tuesday. 1) The very worst is the monstrously inept “My Generation,” another faux documentary from ABC, this one from “The Unusuals” creator Noah Hawley. It focuses on a handful of classmates 10 years after their high school graduation. It's the strongest argument that recently fired ABC entertainment chief Stephen McPherson could not have been let go a minute too soon. You can see for yourself on Thursday. The sitcoms: Mostly disasters. The best is CBS’ “Mike and Molly,” from the shop behind “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” For the worst you can choose between ABC’s “Better With You” (from “Joey” writer-producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan), CBS’ “Shit My Dad Says” (from “Will & Grace” masterminds David Kohan and Max Mutchnick) and NBC’s “Outsourced” (from “50 First Dates” screenwriter George Wing). Want a second opinion? Find Maureen Ryan’s lists here.
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  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Please let the Event be good...

    by bigbangfan

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    First?

    by dukeroberts

    Wow!

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Dammit.....

    by dukeroberts

    Foiled.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Shatner

    by dukeroberts

    Shatner is the only reason I will check out that show. I love Shatner. I hate CBS with a passion, but I will check out the Shatner show. Meanwhile....I don't think any other show this fall could be worse than Hellcats, or whatever it's called. I caught a few minutes of that awful cheerleader show. It is really horrible.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Blair Underwood

    by BYOBkenobi

    How the fuck does this guy still get jobs in hollywood?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    What's so bad about..

    by dukeroberts

    Blair Underwood?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Blair

    by dukeroberts

    I don't find Blair Underwood so offensive. I think he has a sissyfied name, but I don't think there's anything wrong with him.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    If they hook me in,

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    NBC had better not pull the same crap they did with Heroes.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    NBC is a let-down network...

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    Its no doubt why they are represented by a flightless bird: peaCOCK.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    I mean its no wonder

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    trailers for Shit My Dad Says and Outsourced

    by RaveX

    caused me physical harm.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Herc, thoughts on Terriers?

    by Somerichs

    Haven't seen any mention from you yet, or did I miss it along the way?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I declare Outlaw to be an OUTLAAAAAWWWWWW!!!

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    haha, i giggle to myself when i say that

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I reviewed the first five episodes of Terriers.

    by Hercules

    It starts getting good with episode three, starring Olivia Williams. Have they aired that one yet?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Hmmm....wait...

    by jedimast3r

    ...Shatner makes me laugh. And I was highly skeptical about the trailer for Shit My Dad Says. I see that it can be weak, but fuck if I didn't laugh out loud anyway.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Is No Ordinary Family any good Herc?

    by beefywhore

    I am hesitant to get into it.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    As pissed off as we may have been with the departure of LOST...

    by jedimast3r

    ...I am sad that there's a dwindling amount of watchable TV. <p>I'm looking forward to Dexter and the rest of Weeds (which hasn't been that good thus far), and possibly Boardwalk Empire. But the TV losses (24, LOST, BSG) haven't been exactly replaced with similar-quality fare. <p>Oh well, there's always hockey. Go Pittsburgh!

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Herc did a write up on Terriers.

    by CCon99

    Back the day of its premiere, I think he liked it and said he would give the 2nd episode a chance to hook him. Just don't mention Sons of Anarchy though, that'll get your comment mysteriously deleted for some reason on this site.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    too bad about Outsourced.

    by beefywhore

    It looks like comical gold for those of us who work in call centers.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Nikita's not bad.

    by johnnyangelheart

    I am declaring that a victory.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    No Ordinary Family =

    by Hercules

    Heroes, except nowhere near as good.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    I hope the Event is good too

    by RPLocke

    The cast, with the exception of a few, is excellent, and the ending just hits you like a thunderbolt.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    So whats the deal with the event?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I don't really care about spoilers, so anyone know what it exactly is, the commercials make it look like an armegedon/deep impact type story, but i read a synopsis that makes it sound like a coverup/spy series<P>So what exactly is it, disaster or espionage?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Andy Whitfield not returning to Spartacus

    by Auriellis

    Just FYI, his cancer is back. Starz has no announcements on the future of the series.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Shit My Dad Says looks terrible

    by Dapper Swindler

    And I really liked the premise behind the show. It could have been great. Shatner is wrong for the role. The dad needs to be far more curmudgeonly and politically incorrect.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    RedBull_Werewolf

    by RPLocke

    They don't show you what The Event is in the first episode, but wow, you sure get an idea of what it is.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Weak

    by beefywhore

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Damn on that Whitfield knews

    by Bass Ackwards

    I watched the live chat Starz did at comic-con and he looked great and was psyched to do the second season, as was I.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    thanks RP

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Lone star interests me about as much as a rectal exam, so my 9 pm's on mondays are wide open for something new. House followed by the event might be enough to keep me interested through the TV season<P>My mondays have been raped over the last year or so, I lost Prison break, heroes, 24 even sarah connor chronicles was a big part of my mondays)

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Outsourced actually made me laugh.

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    Doesn't seem that bad. The Event needs to just come out say what the hell "The Event" is. Boardwalk Empire looks great too.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    That's the Trouble With Critics

    by Karuma

    Or as I like to call them, "People who have no idea of what is good but only what they like and they get paid inflicting their opinion on others". However, sometimes they are right, and I have no problem with a critic who says, "I liked this show" or "This show wasn't for me," but for a critic to state absolutely that a program is "bad" or "good" slips beyond the pale, and in a lot of cases, they are completely and utterly out of touch with what the American public likes, what will pass as entertainment, or what will be successful. Cases in Point:Series that were roundly panned by critics but wound up being long running successes. "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "Seinfeld", "The Simpsons", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and "Dallas", just to mention a few. Were these "good" shows? That decision is up to the individual viewer, but suffice it to say I will be making up my own mind on all the offerings of the fall. And, no, I don't need anyone else to tell me my own opinion.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    something by the 2.5 Men guys is among the best?

    by TheSeeker7

    oh god, that can't be a good sign. I really can't even begin to fathom the success for Two And A Half Men, anything I've ever seen of it is painfully bad. It's just one punchline rapid fire after another. And you're saying another sitcom they've created is supposed to be one of the best new shows??

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Isn't Mike & Molly the Fattys show?

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Just sayin' - plus I don't know her name but the chick that plays "Molly" - I've seen her in other stuff and she always annoys the crap out of me - are you saying she's watchable in this or are you saying it's good because you pity the fattys?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Mike and Molly

    by Hercules

    is in my view the best of the new sitcoms, but I won't be watching it.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    can someone tell me why House is still on?

    by RPLocke

    It hasn't been good in years.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Outsourced

    by Ribbons

    ...is based on a 2006 movie which is actually surprisingly decent. However I agree that the sitcom looks (and probably is) terrible.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Because it's not lupus.

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    I couldn't resist :).

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    House jumped the shark with the death of Amber

    by Yamato

    It's been all down hill since that awesome season.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    The only problem i see with Outsourced

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    Is that the idea behind the show is a little dated. Maybe back in '06 the show would have some relevance. But by now, i think most people are accustomed to talking to Sanjeeb as their tech support guy.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    "Mike and Molly is in my view the best

    by jim

    "of the new sitcoms, but I won't be watching it."<p>So what you are saying is, of all the new sitcoms, it's the least bad? Better than all the others, but still not worth watching. On the Hercules Sitcom Scale of 1-10, 10 being "The Office" and 1 being NBC's "Kath & Kim", what would it rate?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I miss Buffy.

    by glodene

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I miss Angel.

    by glodene

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Dreadlock Holmes

    by Hercules

    I believe America would have found "Outsourced" dreadful if it premiered in 2006. A great sitcom could be forged from the premise of "Outsourced." The issue is it is being scripted by soft, unfunny hacks.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Best recent sitcoms: Party Down, B.O. Ted, Community

    by dailysportspages

    Better Off Ted was such a great show, too bad it didnt last.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Detroit 187

    by MJPollard

    FYI, Herc, D187 dropped the whole "faux documentary" thing, due to a bungled raid (with "The First 48" filming) that got a little girl shot and killed. The incident was big news here in The D, and lead to the DPD suspending all film crew drive-alongs. (There goes any chance of a Detroit episode of "COPS," I guess...)

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    don't understand all the House hate

    by TheSeeker7

    Man it seems like no matter where I go online, it's the trendiest thing going to tear House to shreds. I mean to each his own and everything, but it really has gotten to a point where I can't help but think some of the people are doing so because it's the in thing to do, and that's always sad. For the record, I still absolutely adore it. But for those who hate, I suppose have solace in the fact that surely it won't have anymore than 3 more seasons, at the absolutely most, and probably really just 2. I mean how many network dramas go as far as 10 years anymore, it's quite rare.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Angel

    by Hercules

    Last week I stumbled across a random repeat of an "Angel" I barely remembered, involving Ilyria changing timelines and a group of demons asserting their rights over an unborn baby. <p> There's nothing on TV right now as good as that episode. And I'm certain it wasn't even one of the top-five "Angel" episodes aired that season. <p>Crazy, man.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Herc, Top 5 Angel Episodes (IMO)

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    5)The Trial 4)Apocalypse Nowish 3)A Hole in the World 2)Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been? 1) Sleep Tight.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    "Event" will be be on life support from first ep.

    by kabong

    It will be confused and confusing so that profundity-seekers will prolong its agony for six weeks of living death. <p> I'm looking forward to "Hawaii-Bozo."

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Wait, was Detroit 187 filming real cops?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Were they filming actual ride alongs with cops? Otherwise I don't see how a ban on ride alongs would effect a faux doc with actor-cops?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Also, no mention of Running Wilde?

    by Bass Ackwards

    I have high hopes for that one, but some early reviews have been not so great.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Herc how's Hawaii 5-0...

    by cekma

    ?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    kabong

    by RPLocke

    The Event is safe for one year at least, because as far as I know it has the slot for at least 1 season.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    House is in the top 5 dramas on TV right now

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    It's the best medical drama, and its just an all around amazing show. I do agree it probabaly only has 2 maybe 3 years left in it, I think hugh laurie will be up for a contract renewal, he'll ask for to much money or control and Fox will end the series like they did with 24 (even though the show was still profitable). But for now it's still one of the best shows on Network TV and any one who says different can go watch drivel like Big bang thoery or Shat my dad says

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    The event will suffer what prison break suffered from

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    they have layed out the first season to wrap everything up, but If it's a hit then they wills cramble to extend the plot and we'll get a prison break season 2-4 scenario where the magic is gone and the show just isn't what it was. The only season long arc show that was abl;e to successfully be fresh in multiple seasons was 24, but they could just essentially reboot the show each year with minimal connections to the previous years

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    cekma

    by Hercules

    meh. Except for Grace Park's astonishing semi-clad bod.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Underwood (or Ritter) says "Event" producers

    by kabong

    have the series plot outlined for two years. <p> So maybe they've got a chance, then, if they stick to it.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    lol @ No Ordinary Family = Heroes but worse

    by Jayemel

    Yeah, it had human things at stake not just "omg people have random powers," guess that makes it bad.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Herc, whats your top 5 Angel eps? Curious.

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    I know you're a big Whedon fan so i know you got a list,lol.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Where the hell is the Andy Whitfield cry thread?!

    by dead youngling

    Seriously, worst news I've heard in a long time.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    The Wire is better than The Sopranos.

    by slimballs

    It shouldn't be written 'and yes, The Sopranos' but and yes, The Wire.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    andy whitfield news...

    by Nemesis Enforcer

    This better be some sick joke...googling...

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:38 a.m. CST

    FUUUUCK!

    by Nemesis Enforcer

    Well that just sucks...

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Bleep my Dad Says

    by BetterCallSaul

    How utterly lame.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards

    by MJPollard

    Sorry, I should have been clearer. No, D187 wasn't shooting with real cops; they were originally going to shoot some/all (I forget) scenes in that particular style, using the actors. However, the producers dropped the idea to reflect the current reality of the DPD no longer allowing ride-alongs in real life (as well as showing sensitivity to the little-girl-who-was-killed incident, which is still a sensitive issue).

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Shit My Dad Says

    by rosasaks

    Didn't they makes this already for eleven years on NBC? I think it starred John Mahoney.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    The Wire IS NOT better than The Sopranos

    by rosasaks

    Or Deadwood either.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    rosasaks, the Wire was light years ahead of

    by glodene

    The Sopranos or Deadwood. Fact!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Herc, the ep. was called Timebomb.

    by glodene

    ...And yeah, you're right, it was a great ep. It had some of Joss's best writing. According to one of the commentary's, Joss wrote all the dialog for Illyria and all the scenes between Illyria and Wesley. - Damn, I miss that show!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Outsourced; Bad timing or bad taste?

    by Stalkeye

    Seriously, A comedy about CSR jobs being outsourced to India while lampooning Indians?Just what your avarage unemployed American needs to cheer him/her up in the midst of one of the worst financial crisis ever.<p>Maybe the idiots who came up with this premise should have their jobs "outsourced".

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    The Wire

    by rosasaks

    Doesn't hold up as well as The Sopranos on repeated viewing. Yes it's premise had considerable ambition. No it does not hold the answers to life. The writing on The Sopranos is astonishingly consistent. Deadwood was uneven but Milch is probably the greatest television writer of all time when he's on top form, of dialogue certainly. And conceptually, Deadwood and The Wire are similar, they survey a town. Milch had the insight to locate that in the past. And he actually puts forth a philosophy, anchored on the symbolism of gold as a lie agreed upon. The Wire paints a great portrait of characters, but beyond unrelenting cynicism, what does it really have to say? That we're all morally compromised in the end? Okay. The best character on The Wire was Ziggy. Fact.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    rosasaks

    by Talandir

    I think you're thinking of that show that ran for 9 years on CBS. That one with Carroll O'Connor.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    The best character on The Wire is OMAR LITTLE

    by Xiphos_2

    FACT! In fact he's one of the best most interesting characters on television in the decade.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Xiphos

    by rosasaks

    Interesting that you pick the only character they self-consciously chose to let revel in being a cartoon character. Omar is two parts wild west gun slinger, one part superhero.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Sopranos consistent?

    by supertoyslast

    For me it's the other way around. I found The Sopranos to vary wildly in quality from season to season (episode to episode not so much). Deadwood, for me, hardly varied at all and maintained quality throughout.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    HERC:

    by oaser

    Nothing on "Raising Hope"? I thought you might get a chance to review it, or hear anything about it. It looks funny, but is it?

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    The best part of OUTLAW...

    by Executor

    ...is when Smits announces to the court that a dead girl's DNA is on her husband's old glasses...so one scene later the guy who spent 11 years in jail for her murder is walking out of the court room, all smiles.<p>No DNA test. No investigation. No meeting. Guess the judge just banged a gavel and said get him the fuck out of here. <p>Laughable.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    The Wire vs. Deadwood

    by theGoldbergV

    I love them both. The Wire is better though. Considering by the 5th season they had a cast of about 30, its amazing how detailed and fully formed each one was. Plus season 4 of The Wire is the best season of any TV show ever. <P><P>I do love Deadwood for its acting, its dialogue and the fact that ALL its plot comes from its characters, and in a sense it is more rewatchable in that the dialogue constantly sparks and the performances are so good. But its still The Wire for me. <P><P>The Sopranos was very very good. But I thought it should've ended about a year before it did. Not to say the quality dropped off drastically, just that it seemed a little stretched.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Actually, the most notable omission for me is Abram's latest.

    by Chewtoy

    This site is a big fan of the man's output in general, and promotions for the slick looking spy show have been all over television. Interesting to see that it doesn't yet merit a mention.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Angel is not better than Mad Men

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Ugh, fuck you and your mancrush on Whedon, Herc.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    While I'm here, top 5 Angel eps

    by theGoldbergV

    5. Hole In the World 4. Smile Time 3. Reunion 2. Sleep Tight 1. Not Fade Away <P><P>The fact 3 of them are in the 5th season just shows how good it was when it got cancelled. I hated Angel's finale when I saw it, now I think its pretty much perfect

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    The song in that Lonestar trailer is by Mumford and Sons.

    by SnootyBoots

    Who are from Jolly Old England, not the Lonestar State. Great band.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Pity about D187...

    by DiscoGodfather

    I was hoping it would be good. But I suppose the show getting cancelled would be fitting, since the leading candidate for MI governor by a large margin wants to do away with the tax breaks that have turned Detroit into Hollywood East.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Summing it up:

    by the podosphere

    The Event? Non-event <p> Chase? Run <p> Mike & Molly? Hide the doughnuts! <p> Raising Hope? Rosemary's Baby, but it's a single dad. And it's a comedy. <p> The Defenders? David E. Kelley texted. He wants his schtick back. <p> Hawaii Five-O? Grace Park and lube. Need I say more?<p> Lone Star? Sympathy for a bigamist con man? Good luck with that. <p> Outsourced? The Office, with happy Indians (dot). But do Americans want to laugh with the people who took their jobs? <p> No Ordinary Family? Smallville called. They want their fast-running whoosh effect back. That goes for you fangers over at HBO too. <p> No Ordinary Family? Sanofi-Aventis is suing you for stealing their Ambien formula. <p> No Ordinary Family? This is why Pixar didn't make The Incredible as a live action movie. <p> No Ordinary Family? Very ordinary writing. <p> Shit My Dad Says? Well, it's my dad. This could go on for awhile.<p> Terriers? The set-up at the end of the pilot for the season's big bad was a bit forced, and wouldn't a guy with this kind of dough have motion sensors on his estate? Still, Donal Logue is an engaging lead. It's better than most of the new network dramas.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    so if Heroes was TV's version of the X-Men...

    by GLENN_THE_TOOL

    ...then No Ordinary Family is TV's version of the Fantastic Four. they even have Michael Chiklis! makes you wonder why they wouldn't just make an X-Men or FF television series, but then you think of the budget that kind of show would need and that Marvel would want a cut of the profits, and you'd see why TV execs would rather opt to produce shows that resemble these premises but lack the licensing issues.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    As bad as the Andy Whitfield news is...

    by blackmantis

    ...I think the show could survive without him. Let's all remember that Spartacus isn't even his character's real name. He could pass the Spartacus name onto somebody else as it becomes more a symbol of rebellion. Would give even more poignancy to the inevitable "I am Spartacus!" scene...It's a tall order to fill Andy's shoes, though.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    No Ordinary Family

    by gotilk

    Re-watching, I have to agree. Not as good as Heroes (season 1). But it does not feel like it will head down the "save the world every season" shithole anytime soon and COULD improve. I had a blast watching it.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    DiscoGodfather

    by MJPollard

    Re: Detroit-187, I'm going to give the show a chance. I'm tired of television thinking that the only places cops do actual work is New York City and Los Angeles. Sure, the show might tank, but to me, it looks better than Herc is giving it credit for. (I tend to judge for myself, and not blindly trust what some online talking head has to say.) Besides, I live in the Detroit area, so I gotta root for the home team. :-)

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Rooting for Detroit

    by MJPollard

    P.S. Except, of course, when it comes to the Detroit Lions. I have SOME limits...

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    GoldBergV

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    Good call on those top 5 Angel eps. Honorable mentions go to Forgiving, Spin The Bottle and Quickening.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Wow, IRON CHEF still looks better than all this crap.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Man, do I ever miss Joss Whedon on TV.

    by blackwood

    Is it weird to STILL be mourning FIREFLY? I watch the series once a year, at least. I only ever discovered ANGEL (ie gave it a chance) after the end of BUFFY, on DVD. My absolute favourite was season 4. Five was also good, but 4 was one huge, consistent story, every episode a cliffhanger. Sort of heartbreaking that BUFFY overstayed its welcome by a season, and ANGEL felt like it was cut off just as it had found its stride.<p>There is no scripted TV on right now that I feel compelled to tune in for. Well, SPARTACUS, except Andy's cancer recurred so he's dropped out of the series for good. Heart, broken.<p>I'll give BOARDWALK a shot. It looks expensive. But I want another great sci-fi show. I feel like the last great sci-fi show was FIREFLY.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    You forgot NIKITA

    by The StarWolf

    Feeling masochistic, I had a look. Oooohhh big mistake. Professional assassins don't chat with their victims. They kill them. Nikita? Chats with the bad guys until she gets into a very public firefight with gumbies, allowing the big fish to get away. Doesn't get much dumber than that.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I can't believe new comedies still have a laugh track

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I thought that thing died years ago, CBS seems to be the only network that still uses them

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Surprised Walking Dead din't make the list!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    That should be automatic for the geek love!<p>BTW, looking forward to Detroit 187! Tired of the "clean" cop shows; wanna see some filthy, decaying cop show!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    My Opinion on New Fall Season

    by akirakid

    Mon: "Mike & Molly" and "Lone Star" cancelled before 13 epidsodes. Tues: Same fate for "Detroit 187". "Raising Hope" and "Running Wilde" might make a full season but have little chance for being renewed. Wed: "Better With You" will be first pulled after 4 episodes. "Undercovers" will survive on Abrams name. "Defenders" and "The Whole Truth" gone by mid-season. "Hellcats" will only survive because of the network it's on. Thurs: "My Generation" and "Shit My Dad Says" gone well before 13 eps and "Outsourced" will be gone as fast as "Cavemen" and "Carpool". "Nikita" has a chance but needs to stop being "Alias". Fri: "Body of Proof" has hope as long it isn't viewed as a "Bones" retread. (Remember "Leaving L.A."?) "Blue Bloods" and "Outlaw" will tank. So, basically, the new TV season is crap. I think only "Hawaii 5-0", "No Ordinary Family" and "The Event" have the best shot at a second season or more.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I think Shit My Dad Says looks funny!

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Shatner delivers lines like no one else in the business.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    After The Wire....

    by rbatty024

    the networks should have shelved cop shows for a good ten years. Unless you can come up with something truly original and great, then there's no reason to even air a cop show, since it's obviously going to pale in comparison to The Wire. Sometimes I feel bad for the networks. Until I see what sort of crap they keep pushing out, that is.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Trailer Rage

    by Steve Young

    The extended trailer for "My Generation" (which was forced upon us towards the end of the Lost run) made me want to punch all of its walking stereotypes in the throat.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    HollywoodHellraiser

    by sduggled

    Note in the headline it says "Herc Picks The Best & Worst New Series Of SEPTEMBER". Walking Dead doesn't premiere until October.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    The best character on The Wire is LT. DANIELS

    by AshokForgiven

    Screw Omar Little.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Terriers ep 3 is this week

    by torontoxic

    And it didn't cost 18 million for one episode (Boardwalk Empire was around that wasn't it?). <P> Network TV seems intent on showing us that it hasn't quite hit rock bottom yet.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I agree that Nikita and Hellcats are pretty poor.

    by Hercules

    But they're not as bad as those three worst.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    That is truly a shame about Andy Whitfield.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Wow. SPARTACUS: BLOOD & SAND turned out to be a real surprise; a worthwhile better-than-guilty pleasure that truly delivered. And Andy deserves a lot of the credit for helping the show find its voice.<P>I wish him well.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Blair Underwood

    by Hipshot

    Has been able to coast a bit on his looks (the way women respond to him is simply astounding) but when he has a strong director, he's got the acting goods. He is also a good and decent guy. Fact.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    The people laughing on the laugh track

    by kabong

    died years ago. <p> But their hilarity lives on.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Herc (re: Terriers)

    by Somerichs

    Somehow missed your review, I'll go back and find it. Episode 3 is coming up. I watched the first 2. They aren't the greatest things since sliced bread, a little uneven here and there with some less than stellar dialogue, but certainly entertaining enough to keep me watching. Good to hear episode 3 picks up. Is Olivia Williams from Rushmore and 6th Sense?

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    *SIGH* My good name besmirched again

    by Outlaw24

    First Robin Hood, now Jimmy Smits. *sigh* It's just never a good day to be an Outlaw.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Angel

    by optimus122

    Can you watch Angel and have no issues with missing out on plot lines if you only watched the 1st season and 1/2 of season 2 of Buffy? I really can't watch anymore Buffy..

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    rosasaks have you even seen The Wire?

    by Xiphos_2

    Your assessment of OMAR LITTLE is so wrong that I have to wonder if you have just skimmed a review somewhere and spouted a load of bullshit.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    house

    by jameskpolk

    Could redeem itsf by having it really be lupus, and no one makes the diagnosis because they're all too embarrassed about it never being lupus. Ptient dies. There's you series finale right there.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Angel Finale...

    by NixEclips

    Was perfect. "I don't know about you, but I want to slay me a dragon". or something. Fucking awesome.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Optimus

    by NixEclips

    Yes. Angel stands up by itself.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Hawaii Five-O

    by Itchy

    poses a real problem for me. It looks terrible and totally unwatchable ... but Grace Park in a bikini is just wonderful. What to do, what to do.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Xiphos

    by rosasaks

    Omar even gives a soliloquy about Greek mythology. Guess that bit went straight over your head, huh? Or the kids whispering Omar's name like a legend on the street corner at the very end, even when Marlo's the last man standing. The joke being they've pretty much got the same name, Omarlo.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    re: best Angel episodes

    by Ribbons

    I haven't watched most of the season so I'm not sure I even saw a lot of the ones you guys have listed, but I'm a little disappointed there was no mention of "Soulless," the episode in season 4 where they lock Angel in a cage and remove his soul to ask "Angelus" how to stop the beast. That one is like a little mini-play, and was the first time that I realized David Boreanaz was actually capable of acting.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Oops

    by Ribbons

    I haven't watched most of the series*, is what I meant to say.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    There are a couple of good shows on television...

    by rbatty024

    just very few genre shows. I would love to see something fun and creepy each week, but after the demise of the awful looking Happy Town, I don't think that will happen any time soon. Maybe I'll check out The Event, not because the commercials make it look any good, but because I use an hour long genre exercise every week.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    dont know the ep titles

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    but here are some great angel ep... angel as a doll, fred turn to illyria, the timebomb, pretty much every ep that big horn monster was in, the one in italy, the ballet, the finale... pretty much loved the show ever since darla got pregnant... before that with doyle, it sucked

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I haven't watched any shows since Lost ended.

    by RPLocke

    I'm rewatching FlashFoward on DVD. I hope that Hawaii 5 0 isn't just another tacky procedural.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    can we not talk about lost?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    if were discussin great shows like angel, that doesnt dick their audience and fans, and actually has a great series finale that fits with the entire shows mythology and theme, then lost should not be mentioned at all... you can watch any rewatch any ep of angel and be happy... you rewatch any ep of lost and you instantly realize 98% of it does not matter (pregnancy issues, the rules, jacob, smokie, etc)... fuckin hate lost in hindsight

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    yourSTEPDADD

    by RPLocke

    I never saw angel. Shows about Vampires put me into deep sleep. Also, I'd watch Lost over pretty much anything that's on TV right now.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    running wilde

    by darkpassenger

    thats what im most excited about

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Herc, you crazy, Outsourced is timeless

    by punto

    when have Americans not been racist? this would have worked in any period with minor modifications

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    rp... such a shame

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    how one can still enjoy lost after bein shown nothin mattered is beyond me... plot holes galore

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    yourSTEPDADDY

    by RPLocke

    What show doesn't have plot holes. Besides, Lost pretty much explained every plot hole in 12 minute DVD segment. Lost was the story of the Oceanic people to me, and Ben and the Others. I could give a rip about Jacob or Smokey.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    mike and molly asks a very simple question

    by brabon300

    can a sitcom last on fat jokes alone...the answer....FUCKIN, NO WAY!!!!!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    brabon300

    by RPLocke

    Roseanne did.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    roseanne had alot of fat jokes

    by brabon300

    but it was also a throwback to rural comedies with alot of family dynamics<p>watch the mike and molly preview....its all fat jokes<p>just saw a rather interesting bbc reality show that has been around for i guess 3 years, called snog, marry or avoid...which is a nice take on the eff, marry, kill concept...someone in america should pick it up

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    angel doesnt have plot holes

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    well besides the fact that a dead person can have his heart pumpin blood to his penis so he can get an erection... besides that, no plotholes

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    My only real Lost dissapointment

    by RPLocke

    We never saw how they leave or come to the island. There's a flash, and then hell breaks loose, but how does the sub get to the island? We never saw that. Shitty.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    When did William Shatner turn into ALF?

    by rosasaks

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    The problem with Outsourced...

    by textual

    Is that the characters aren't immigrants...they're in their own home country. Changing their ways will only cause them grief since they're all already well adjusted to the country they live in. And no, nobody is really named Man Meat in India.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    House and The Event

    by Gislef_crow

    House still has the actor power, and some of the writing. The problem is their constant efforts to take them somewhere "new" just brings them to stuff that is pretty old-hat, TV drama-wise. Cuddy and House romantically together? House using his "powers" for good? Eh.<p> My main concern with The Event is that it looks set to go the route of FlashForward. Ensemble cast, big bang to start off, they look like they've got a plan for the season, but FF simply couldn't keep the momentum.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Rosasaks

    by theGoldbergV

    I don't agree with your assesment of The Wire but you're pretty much spot on with the Omar thing. In the final season they even have him survice what should be an impossible fall, just to push the 'myth' element. Something cool about The Wire though: in season 3, when the kids are playing guns in the street after Omar has just ripped off Barksdale's crew, the one who says "I want to be Omar" is Kenard, the kid that eventuallty kills him. Its stuff like that that makes The Wire worth a re-watch

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    yeah...should say 'survive'

    by theGoldbergV

    obviously

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Bill Hickok, Jesse James, Omar Little...

    by rosasaks

    Similar deaths.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    The problem with FlashForward

    by RPLocke

    All the good episodes were in the beginning, and they pretty much told you there was going to be a second flashforward. Let down.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    The Event

    by Philbert

    will be a complete non event, some liberal wet dream with piss poor writing, zero forethought, and shit acting. I'll watch it though, on the hope that I am wrong.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    the Event won't last 3 seasons!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Oh wait I'm wrong! Since NBC is in the shitter I suspect it'll be another Heroes!<p>Once the writing goes shitty you can expect it to live on, ENDLESSLY past it due date!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah but Herc thinks Entourage is better than Arrested Developme

    by fastcars

    Grain of salt, grain of salt.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The Event's pilot is much better than FlashForward's.

    by Hercules

    Did they ever reveal what caused the FlashForward? Was it anything interesting?

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    No, they never revealed it.

    by Philbert

    ABC canceled it too soon.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    The Event...

    by Philbert

    will be the same way. NBC will not stand behind it, and it will be canceled before anything is explained.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Hercules

    by RPLocke

    Yeah they did. There was a guy named Dyson that invented a device that caused him to Flash Forward many times as himself. He decided to see if he could use it on the general population to see if it could work and it did.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Hercules

    by RPLocke

    On October 6, 2009, Frost was seated in a "control center" wearing a Ring that served as Quantum Entanglement Device. He called Simon Campos by cell phone and told him to move to his seat at the baseball park because time was running out. When Simon took his seat, Frost called again and told Simon to put on the ring that he would find in a box of popcorn.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    The Wire Was Deeply Flawed

    by RaRoMo

    It got good around the third and fourth season, but the fifth season was an absolute disaster. The tired old cliche about a newspaperman who invents stories? The embarassing keystone kops bit about McNulty pretending there's a serial killer? They should have ended it at season 4. There are a ton of TV shows infinitely better than The Wire. Best TV shows on HBO: Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Deadwood. Compared to shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Dexter, The Wire is definitely at the bottom of the barrel. Wait a minute-- Let me check again. Yup, definitely bottom of the barrel.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Been looking forward to Boardwalk Empire

    by elsachmo

    Looks like a good show, although I still think that "Carnivale" is the best HBO series ever. I'd put "Six Feet Under" and "Rome" right after that.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    No, Band of Brothers was the best HBO series

    by RPLocke

    Nothing has come close.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    The only Lost clone to interest me

    by FrodoFraggins

    I don't know what the big picture is, but I'm looking forward to the show.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    blackwood

    by darthsynn

    Yes, it is weird to still mourn for Firefly. The show was canceled. Serenity bombed. The cast moved on to other things. So should you.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Too bad about Outsourced because I'll HAVE to watch it...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... My girlfriend is Iranian and for some odd cultural reason I personally will NEVER understand, all Iranians think Indians are the funniest people on the planet.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Really, Michael Imperioli is best known for Life On Mars?

    by Coughlins Laws

    Really? Seriously, really? I would say he's better known as Nick Falco from Law & Order than from Life On Mars...

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    The FlashForward was caused by...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... a cameo-crossover with Lost wherein Hurley accidentally took a dump into the magic, glowing latrine-like thing on the island.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I thought the CERN collider caused the Flashforward

    by Drath

    That was my impression, they just sexied it up with a conspiracy, BS politics, the slightest hint of Stephen King Stand-style apocalypse, and a cliche lesbian cop who's preggers (honestly I'm sick of lesbian cop characters, I want a straight female cop and a lesbian girly girl).

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Drath

    by RPLocke

    Yes, but Dyson was controlling it. He says he caused the blackout in 1991.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Nope, FlashForward caused by...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Hurley from Lost... dump into glowy thing.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Herc -- only counting N. American series? 'Cause...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    I watched an episode the other night of the Beeb's new series "Sherlock" (with Benedict Cumberbirch and Martin Freeman as the dynamic duo), and I thought it was fantastic. Definitely worth a look.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I just got done rewatching the entire series of Lost

    by paburrows

    and I still love it. While not perfect it all makes sense to me.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Outlaw looks horrible.

    by obi_juan

    They took two of the people I hated from season 3 of Dexter and put them in their own series. Yikes.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    HarryKnowlesNonExistentInception Review

    by RPLocke

    Why not Penny or Charlie since they were actually ON the show?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Andy from Parks and Rec should be on the Office

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    That guy was pretty funny

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Sitcoms are unfunny barely written SHIT yet are hits.

    by Pixelsmack

    Greg and Dharma, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, Will&Grace and the list goes on and on. Shit writing with their easy flat jokes, generally delivered with terrible timing and yet the the genpop of TV land eat that crap up. I couldn't believe Two Men went for what 8 seasons? HOLY FUCK. IT'S UNFUNNY SHIT. They all are! I love The Shat, but this is a fucking embarrassment for him coming off of The Practice/Boston Legal.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    @Pa - I'm 99% percent with you there!

    by wtriker1701

    AND I loved the way you solved the riddle about the rules and how they're connected to the Protector. <p> Had to mention it here, my friend!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Looking heavily forward to The Event!

    by wtriker1701

    I loved 24 and LOST. So I'll be with it. If I stick? Certainly, I even did it with FlashForward, though the experience watered down along the road.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    I don't "watch" anything

    by SithMenace

    I record it and speed through the ads. Even football.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Rosasaks and Goldberg RE Omar

    by Monolith_Jones

    Yeah you're right about Omar being larger than life but that doesn't mean it's unrealistic. Omar and many of his exploits are based in reality as is the show in general. This includes Omar's jump. Here in NYC a few weeks ago a guy jumped out of a 39Th floor window, crashed through someone's car windshield and survived.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    So two out of the three hourlong "best series"

    by The McPoyle Clan

    have spectacular pilots but may not be sustainable as series. Sounds promising. Surprised there wasn't a dramedy reference wedged in there somehow.<p><p>And Outlaw was truly horrible...which probably means it will be come a hit.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Hellcats & Nikita have hot chicks on them

    by rogueleader66

    Probably what will save them, at least for a little while.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Blair Underwood - reliable, go-to actor

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I would say Underwood is the successor to the late Robert Urich -- good, reliable TV actor who keeps working, obviously enjoying his craft, and takes up as many roles as he can when he's available. Last series he starred which I found myself enjoying was LAX (drama set in the airport), which aired on NBC 6 years ago and ran for just 13 episodes. (I found myself liking LAX, and wish they would release it on DVD or on Hulu at least. Heather Locklear was pretty good in it, too.)

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    MJPollard

    by DiscoGodfather

    I'm from the Detroit area as well, and I too enjoy seeing the success of anything made here during the (sure to be short lived if Snyder does get elected - and he will) "Hollywood East" boom. It's fun to hear stories about locals' brushes with fame. Yeah, maybe I sound like a starry-eyed yokel, but it's nice to see and hear positive things coming from my home state. I'm rooting for "D187", which means I'll probably have to start watching "Sons of Anarchy" on demand (a week late... damn you FX.) I just think it would be cool to see some local dignitaries pop up on the show for cameos. Surely Mike Illich or Peter Karmanos, or hell even Dave Bing or Charles Pugh could buy himself a cameo, not to mention local athletes.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    V first episode **SPOILERS**

    by leo54304

    EW says first episode will reveal why the V are here, what they look like and what baby hybrid looks like also.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Hot Chicks

    by cookylamoo

    Couldn't save Terminator or Dollhouse.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Monolith_Jones

    by theGoldbergV

    yeah, and you've reminded me I think there's a bit on The Wire S5 DVD that talks about how the original inspiration for Omar survived a similar fall. Omar is the only character on The Wire who exists outside of an institution or organisation, so that gave them licence to be a bit more extravagent with his role. I don't see any of this as a criticism though, the mythic element to him was a deliberate choice by the writers. <P><P>In fact, a lot of season 5 takes on a more reflexive tone. Its not just Omar

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    And Blair Underwood was the bomb in InTreatment yo

    by theGoldbergV

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    The Event

    by Hipshot

    I'm going to have fun with this, 'cause I know no one will believe me. I know the secret of the Event, and the producers definitely have specific reveals in mind. Whether the series is good or not is another question (although signs look good!) But they know where they're going. And it's pretty cool.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    yeah goldberg

    by Monolith_Jones

    I believe the inspiration for Omar acted on the show at some point. From what I remember he jumped from an even higher story than they depict on the show.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Thanks wtriker1701!

    by paburrows

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The best character on The Wire was Bubbles

    by jim

    but then again he was always in excellent company, character-wise.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Anyone heard from CHOPPAH?

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    I know some of you guys don't like him, but I consider The Choppah a good (albeit bugnuts) friend. <BR><BR> And TB seems so empty without him.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    RPLocke, slight distinction

    by jim

    Band of Brothers was a mini-series, not a series. It was conceived, created, and aired, as a 10 part series with no plans, conception, or possibility, of becoming an multi-season series. Unlike, say, Persons Unknown, that despite NBC's insistence that it was a "mini-series", was in fact a series. A cancelled series. 13 episodes of a show that was not picked up beyond that initial order. A 13 episode story arc that had a certain amount of conclusion but was always intended to continue beyond that.<p>However, I do agree that Band of Brothers tops anything I've seen from HBO.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Jason Ritter will never be the man that his grandfather was!

    by Hercules

    Tex Ritter RIP

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by RPLocke

    I've seen some TV series that air SIX episodes and call it a season. It's amazing that Band of Brothers aired 10 quality episodes. It's a modern classic.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Locke, it's not the number of episodes

    by jim

    that distinguishes a series from a mini-series. Rather, it is whether or not it is envisioned as an ongoing series or a self-contained story. A series is created with the intention of running over the course of several years, or seasons; a mini-series is created with a finite number of episodes planned (even if it does spawn a sequel or is later adapted as a series, like the original "V"). To my thinking, a mini-series is a TV movie with multiple parts; a series is a TV show with multiple episodes. A slight distinction, I know.<p>I heard once the original plan for Band of Brothers was 12 parts (like they did with From the Earth to the Moon) but HBO balked at the potential price-tag and had them reduce it to 10. I've always wondered what they would have done with 2 more hours.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Anybody else counting down to Supernatural?

    by liljuniorbrown

    Angel and Buffy were great shows. Angel more so than Buffy,but Supernatural is a genre/horror fan's dream come true. The shit they get away with on that show amazes me. Maybe it's because no one is watching. Oh well. Thank you Dvr, now I can come home late friday night or even saturday morning if the weekend starts good enough and catch Supernatural with out having to watch commercials for Hellcats or Gossip Girl. I'm man enough to admit I still watch Smallville too. I've come to far to stop now. Interested to see how this whole "Apokolips/Darkside" thing works out.

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